Entitled "If We Only Have Love," the 11-track disc is a collection of tunes from the musical theatre, featuring songs from Baby, The Fantasticks, A Little Night Music, Chess and West Side Story. Akers also offers three tunes from Maury Yeston's Nine, the musical that brought the performer a Tony nomination for her work as Luisa Contini. Her musical director, Don Rebic, is featured at the piano on the DRG release.
About her eighth solo CD, Akers writes, "This is a collection of some of my favorite theatre songs, and it shouldn't surprise you to know I was attracted by their intensity. After all, theatre songs usually begin when characters are overcome by emotion. They've reached a point where words can no longer contain what they feel. They need music to expand their words; they need to pour out their hearts in song. And these particular songs express so much of the wonderful, terrible, frustrating, frightening, joyful experience we call life."
The complete track listing for "If We Only Have Love" follows:
"Patterns" (from Baby)
"A Sleepin' Bee" (from House of Flowers)
"Try to Remember" (from The Fantasticks)
"My Childhood" (from Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris)
"Send in the Clowns" (from A Little Night Music)
"My Husband Makes Movies" (from Nine)
"Be On Your Own" (from Nine)
"In a Very Unusual Way" (from Nine)
"I Know Him So Well"/"Anthem" (from Chess)
"Somewhere"/"I Have a Love" (from West Side Story)
"If We Only Have Love" (from Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris)
In addition to her work in the Tommy Tune production of Nine, Akers also starred on Broadway in another Tune-directed musical, Grand Hotel. Her feature film credits include "The Purple Rose of Cairo," "Heartburn" and "Vibes," and she was seen in an episode of the hit TV series "Cheers." It's been the concert/cabaret stage, however, where Akers has garnered the most acclaim, performing in choice venues throughout the United States and Europe.
* At the Algonquin, Akers plays Tuesday-Thursday evenings at 9 PM with late shows on Fridays and Saturdays at 11:30 PM. There is a $50 cover charge for all shows as well as a $50 (Thursday, Friday and Saturdays at 9 PM) or $20 (all other performances) minimum. The Algonquin Hotel is located in Manhattan at 59 West 44th Street, between Fifth and Sixth Avenues. Call (212) 419-9331 for reservations.